FRP products in a sustainable environment
Just what is the role of FRP products in a sustainable environment and why is this important?
Before we get in the role of FRP, what is a sustainable environment?
According to the U.N Environment Programme, environmental sustainability involves making life choices that ensure an equal, if not better, way of life for future generations.
Environmental sustainability is important because of how much energy and resources that we consume every day. With our ever growing population and the associated increase in manufacturing, we are using resources faster than ever.
Therefore it is important to consider which products you are using and help the environment by investing in sustainable products.
In recent decades the use of fibreglass reinforced polymer (FRP) products has increased significantly. As we have discussed in previous articles, FRP products are high strength, lightweight, noncorrosive, and easy to fabricate.
It is from these physical characteristics that some of the benefits from FRP products can be realised. The lightweight natural of the materials result in lower construction costs and increased speed of installation. They are also easier to transport, which reduces fuel consumption when compared to the heavier steel and concrete alternatives. All resulting in less of an environmental impact.
The service life of a product is also an important consideration when evaluating the sustainability. FRP products offer a significantly longer service life and are more resistant to weather, aging and corrosive environments when compared to traditional materials. The longer service life, means that the products do not need to be replaced as often thus lowering their environmental impact.
The energy required to make the materials should also be a consideration. There is less than half of the energy required to make FRP products compared to the steel and aluminium equivalents.
Emissions and pollution from the manufacture of FRP is also significantly lower than its steel and aluminium counterparts.
With these factors combined there is a compelling argument that FRP products do have a place in a sustainable environment.
FRP products can help to save resources, time and money compared to traditional industrial materials.
If you would like any further information on FRP products, please get in touch and a member of our team will be happy to help.